During the last week of August 2009 I decided to explore writing online. That month, I applied and was accepted to Examiner.com, eHow.com and Suite101.com. My first articles went live the 2nd half of September 2009. As I write this my goal is to earn a passive income of $500-900/per month by March 2010. This blog will tell the tail of my journey and what level I have attained at the end of my goal period.
On September 7, 2009 I published my first article, Walking the Sacred Labyrinth, as the Atlanta Alternative Spirituality Examiner at Examiner.com. I was pleasantly surprised when I began seeing page views showing up almost immediately. Over the next couple of days I began researching writing online. Many of the sites I pulled up were blogs like this one, where someone had begun experimenting writing online to create passive and residual streams of income. Many people were posting a couple of hundred dollars in earnings their 2nd and 3rd months. Almost all of them were writing articles on eHow.
I decided to explore other sites with the goal of generating $300-400 per site per month in 6 months. I settled on eHow and Suite101. I found out I was already signed up on eHow, I had joined back in October 2007 but had not contributed anything to date. Suite101 had an application process similar to Examiner's process but was way more strict.
A week or two after publishing my first articles on Examiner.com, I decided to venture onto eHow and Suite101 sites. This diversification will help to obtain my goals quickly. On September 14, 2009 I published my first article on eHow, How to be a Stay At Home Mom and Earn Extra Money. To date this is my highest paid article raking in over $22 with over 720 views. Later that afternoon I published my first article on Suite101, Mortgage Loan Qualification Tighten: Minimum Credit Score, Down Payment, Reserve Requirements Increase. Suite101 has a stricter regime, it took two re-writes before this article went live. Annoying, but well worth the wait considering everything I learned from the e-mailed tutorial links - absolutely invaluable.
As a suggestion from a friend at eHow, martyd, I started this blog to outline the milestones and new goals for my online writing experiment.
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